How The Other Half Learns

We discuss what Robert learned during his year in an urban charter school.

Posted by Citizen Ed on Monday, April 6, 2020

Journalist Robert Pondiscio spent a year embedded inside a high-performing urban charter school. What he learned will surprise you. Pondiscio, author of How The Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice, joins the Education Is Power Broadcast to talk about education reform and how our education system educates our most marginalized students.

Pondiscio and host Citizen Stewart touch on how low expectations for disadvantaged students is harmful, staying away from tropes like “good kids vs bad kids,” and helping every child reach their full potential.


Robert Pondiscio is senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He also teaches civics at Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of high-performing charter schools based in Harlem, New York. He writes and speaks extensively on education and education-reform issues, with an emphasis on literacy, curriculum, teaching, and urban education.

Josh Stewart considers himself a global citizen first and foremost and is passionate about cultural exchange. He has a B.s. in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from St. John's University in Minnesota and experience as both an ESL and social studies teacher in Korea and the Philippines. He currently works a digital content Manager for Citizen Education and Education Post and enjoys both traditional and creative methods crafting messages around the desperate need to improve our education system and provide quality options to the most marginalized students and families.

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